An Intermediate Guide to SPSS Programming: Using Syntax for Data Management introduces the major tasks of data management and presents solutions using SPSS syntax. This book fills an important gap in the education of many students and researchers, whose coursework has left them unprepared for the data management issues which confront them when they begin to do independent research. It also serves as an introduction to SPSS programming; all the basic features of SPSS syntax are illustrated, as are many intermediate and advanced topics such as using vectors and loops, reading complex data files, and using the SPSS macro language.

Saving Data Files

This chapter discusses saving data files in different formats. Topics include

  • Saving SPSS system and portable files
  • Saving files for use by database or spreadsheet programs
  • Saving text files

SPSS has the capacity to save data files (also knows as writing files) in a number of formats. If the data will be used in SPSS, they should be saved as a system file or portable file. If they will ...

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